6 Weirdest Attractions in the United States

Jul 23

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7/23/2013 

There’s nothing more majestic than a road trip through America’s beautiful landscape. Along the way, you’ll find quaint little places to eat with out of this world food, gorgeous scenery, beautiful little towns and of course weird attractions that just can’t be passed up. There are some attractions that are just so strange that they warrant a detour in your road trip, giving you something to talk about for a long time to come. Just what makes an attraction strange enough to warrant stopping for? The bigger and odder the attractions, the more likely people are to add a detour to their road trip. Some of the best weirdest attractions are found in places that you’d never imagine.


Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum

The Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum -  home of the big Musky.
Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum - home of the big Musky. Photo by Coco Mault

The home of the big Musky in Hayward, Wisconsin is a fiberglass Musky that stands more than 4 stories tall and is as long as a Boeing 757. Visitors actually enter through the tail of the fish into the museum where they will see dedications to the world’s best fishermen in the form of the trophy fish that adorn its walls. Winding their way through to the Musky’s mouth, visitors will end up in the Musky’s jaw, which is an observation deck that gives a view of a sculpture garden of fish.


Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

The world famous underwater mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs since 1947.
The world famous underwater mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs since 1947. Photo by a nameless yeast

The home of the City of Live Mermaids located in Florida between Tallahassee and Tampa is worth a family stop before heading to the modern day attractions of Orlando, Florida. This aquarium theatre boasts real life mermaids performing fairy tales and history of the springs that they live on. While it might seem a little fake with the oxygen tubes in plain view, it’s a great wholesome family show nonetheless. After viewing the show, visitors can take a nature tour where wild snakes and alligators can be spotted.


The Largest Hockey Stick

The world's second largest hockey stick is located in Eveleth, Minnesota.
The world's second largest hockey stick is located in Eveleth, Minnesota. Photo by jcarwash31

Hockey lovers rejoice when they visit Eveleth, Minnesota, the true home of hockey. In this city, where most kids grew up playing hockey in the streets and who was also inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, is the proud site of a hockey stick that is 107 feet long and weighs 3 tons! This extremely large hockey stick stands beside a 700-pound hockey puck.


Bubble Gum Alley

Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California is filled with more chewed gum than visitors will ever see in their entire lives.
Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California is filled with more chewed gum than visitors will ever see in their entire lives. Photo by emdot

For those who are interested in weird attractions that are also a bit disgusting, you won’t want to miss Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California. This 70 foot long alley stands 15 feet high and is an alley that is filled with more chewed gum than visitors will ever see in their entire lives. The gum began appearing on the walls in 1960 and has been added to ever since. Visitors will even find gumball machines along the way if they would like to add their own mark to this attraction.


Gnome Chomsky

Gnome Chomsky the world’s largest garden gnome.
Gnome Chomsky the world’s largest garden gnome. Photo by lonecellotheory

What was once the world’s largest garden gnome, Chomsky stands 13’6” tall and resides in Kerhonkson, New York. Being surpassed by a gnome in Poland by a mere 4 feet and two inches, this garden gnome is still a site to see while you visit the Kelder’s Farm & U-Pick where you can pick your own produce as well as play a game of miniature golf.


Cadillac Ranch

Featuring 10 vintage Cadillacs buried nose first in the ground, with the back half sticking out, this exhibit was created by Stanley Marsh in 1974.
Featuring 10 vintage Cadillacs buried nose first in the ground, with the back half sticking out, this exhibit was created by Stanley Marsh in 1974.

This epic roadside stop in Amarillo, Texas is a must-see for any car enthusiasts. Featuring 10 vintage Cadillacs buried nose first in the ground, with the back half sticking out, this exhibit was created by Stanley Marsh in 1974. The really neat aspect of this attraction is that it is ever changing as visitors from all over bring their own spray paint to make their unique mark on this exhibit, making it a stop that you can make over and over again because it will always look different.


Whether your family loves weird attractions that defy our natural abilities or love to see things that are larger than life or just plain strange, there is a perfect weird attraction for every road trip. A great way to add excitement to an otherwise boring car trip, finding weird attractions along the way are a great way to rejuvenate riders, giving them something to laugh and talk about during the rest of the trip.


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Re: 6 Weirdest Attractions in the United States

I love weird tourist attractions! My fiance once took me to see the world's largest wind chimes. They're located very close to where he grew up. It was pretty bizarre. It was so large that it couldn't even really chime properly but the town was so proud of that giant metal monstrosity.

By Anna M. on   9/28/2013
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Half the fun of going on a road trip is stopping to see the tacky tourist traps and strange attractions. Sometimes they end up being more entertaining than the real destination.

By Mark on   9/29/2013
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Haha, Gnome Chomsky, I love it. The chewing gum wall seems like one big public health hazard.

By SamuraiSally on   10/2/2013
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I've been to all of these! And yes, even including Bubblegum Alley even though it's embarrassing to say it. We actually went there on purpose just to see it! It was really cool and gross at the same time. :)

By efpierce on   10/4/2013
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I love the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame - that's some fish! Also, Cadillac Ranch, sung by Bruce Springsteen is a favorite song of my husband's :) The Bubblegum Alley? Nahhh, not so much!

By Ruth Martin on   10/9/2013
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I would kill to go see the mermaid show. Ughh if only!! That looks absolutely stunning!

By AnnaBanana on   10/13/2013
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Wow, those are some pretty weird attractions, thanks for sharing!

By Suzan Shooks on   10/14/2013
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That is one really large hockey stick, I would love to see that up close in real life one day!

By John Artis on   10/14/2013
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Old Route 66 is loaded with bizarre roadside attractions, too. This could make for an interesting regular feature on this blog: weird attractions around the U.S. and maybe the world.

By MikeB20 on   10/19/2013
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Those are some funny attractions. I when I went to St Augustine I went to watch a water show. It was rather funny since it was just water sprinklers, colorful lights and patriotic music. The funniest part was how my sister and I stared at each other because we couldn't believe that was really a show. On the plus side it was a great way to get out of the heat.

By rzashida on   10/22/2013
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Wow absolutely bizarre i love places like this and i once visit Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum when i was a kid.

By Craig on   10/22/2013

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